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PG&E says Camp Fire power line could still be hazardous

CALIFORNIA: PG&E tells a federal judge that the transmission line that started 2018’s deadly and destructive Camp Fire could still be a hazard despite being shut off. (San Francisco Chronicle)

ALSO: Several nonprofit competitors to PG&E in Northern California say a recent decision by state regulators could have adverse long-term impacts on their ability to succeed. (The Almanac)

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HYDROPOWER: Native American tribes continue to raise concerns about a proposed pumped hydropower project in Washington State. (Spokane Public Radio)

OIL & GAS:
Colorado’s oil and gas industry drops two November ballot initiatives after Gov. Jared Polis signaled he agrees the oil and natural gas industry is important to the state. (Colorado Public Radio)
California’s largest oil and gas producer secures additional Chapter 11 bankruptcy support from key creditors and files a restructuring plan. (news release)

SOLAR:
• Colorado is now falling behind other states in community solar installations because of size limits and other restrictions. (Denver Post)
• A French company proposes three solar projects to take advantage of transmission connections at coal-fired power plant sites in New Mexico. (Farmington Daily News)
• A New Mexico county is considering a solar farm project proposed by NextEra Energy Resources. (Alamogordo Daily News)

STORAGE: First Solar and Tesla are selected as the suppliers for three new projects totaling 555 MW of solar power and 800 MWh of battery storage for a data center in Nevada. (PV Tech)

TRANSMISSION: NV Energy proposes a $2 billion statewide transmission infrastructure project it says will help promote renewable energy development, create jobs, and boost Nevada’s economy. (Nevada Independent)

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NUCLEAR: The Energy and Water appropriations bill set to be considered by Congress this week is both positive and negative for the Idaho National Laboratory. (Post Register)

COMMENTARY:
Divisive oil and gas ballot fights in Colorado are set to be a thing of the past, says Gov. Jared Polis. (Colorado Politics)
A Black Hills Energy executive explains how the utility’s plan to add up to 200 MW of additional renewable energy for Southern Colorado can deliver community benefits. (Pueblo Chieftain)
A New Mexico home builder says it is time for the state’s energy efficiency codes for residential and commercial buildings to be updated. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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